DORCHESTER & District ABC’s William Rowberry produced a mind-blowing performance as a last-minute replacement at the Andover Tournament in aid of Help for Heroes.
A packed crowd were left stunned by Rowberry’s clash with hometown favourite Joe Quince, one which the Dorchester fighter won unanimously on points.
Quince, the clear favourite going into the contest, started positively in the first round and took the bout to Rowberry with his reach advantage.
Once up close, Rowberry delivered a punishing body punch that left Quince with a look of shock on his face.
Quince kept his distance after that, keeping out of his opponent’s range.
Rowberry upped the pace in the second round and another body shot, a left-right combination to the head, and one more blow to the body, left Quince in a heap.
The home fighter bounced back but was unable to make the same impression as he had at the start.
Now in the driving seat, Rowberry started chasing his rival and another skirmish left Quince looking dejected.
A last-ditch effort from Quince showed he had an effective long-range punch, but Rowberry’s controlled aggression and timing proved too much for him.
This bout certainly caused fireworks and the atmosphere was still electric when the Froch-Groves world title fight was televised minutes after the bout finished.
Dorchester coach Ben Geyser said: “Quince was very dangerous in the early stages, but William’s persistent barrage earned him an unanimous decision.”